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Category Archives: Future of the Profession
Admissions, DE&I, and Member Engagement among Initiatives Discussed at November 2022 CAS Board Meeting
Our just-completed membership survey on member engagement showed an increased interest in transparency in CAS governance, so I’m publishing this Board meeting summary to make our stakeholders aware of the many strategic issues the Board is addressing. As you review the summary, if you have a reaction or suggestion for the Board to consider, please … Read more
Posted in Future of the Profession, Governance.
My 2022 Goals as CEO
As I begin my third year as chief executive officer of the CAS, I cannot express how much growth, energy and collaboration I have experienced over the past two years. When I look back at the start of 2020 and 2021, I think about how excited I was for the upcoming year and the possibilities … Read more
Can Actuaries Make It in Non-Actuarial Roles?
I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2021 CAS Spring meeting on the topic of “Business Analytics: What Does It Take for an Actuary to Succeed in Other Insurance Functions?” and thought I’d share some thoughts here as well. Actuaries are in a unique industry position. There are few other training paths that … Read more
CAS Unveils New Three-Year Strategic Plan
As many CAS members know, the CAS has officially unveiled its new Strategic Plan. This plan is the culmination of an extraordinary amount of careful thought, discussion and decision making. At the time I officially began my role at the CAS this past January, we could not have anticipated the enormous challenges this year would … Read more
Disability in the Workplace
This year will undoubtedly be one for the history books for many reasons – the political landscape and related policy discussions, social and racial unrest and the new realities of COVID-19. As a result, we’ve all had opportunities to gain new perspectives that help our individual growth. One of my most meaningful learnings from the … Read more
“I don’t know why I failed,” I groaned. “How much did you study?” he asked. I responded, “A lot!” “Did you keep track of how many hours you studied?” he followed up. “No, I guess I should,” and the lightbulb went on. Mentors have helped me immensely along my journey as an actuary. I am … Read more
Why I Mentor
A friend, David, asked me recently, “Why do you mentor?”It was during a casual conversation and I gave a casual answer, “Because someone asked me to mentor.” As I reflected on the conversation later, however, I realized that my response while mostly true did not give David very useful insight into my motivations and passions … Read more
Join the Diversity Impact Group to Contribute to our DE&I Efforts
This summer has seen a lot of activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts within the CAS and the broader actuarial profession, and there’s much more on the way. CAS members have a strong passion for DE&I issues, and we are aware of growing interest among members to get involved with this work. … Read more
Six Books for Actuaries to Excel at Leadership, Strategy and Communication
These are six books that have helped me the most in my actuarial career. It’s not enough to just read these books; you need to practice the skills that they teach. Luckily, volunteering for the CAS gives you ample opportunity to practice these skills. So, I encourage you to go forth and read, practice and … Read more
Posted in Future of the Profession, Volunteerism.
Highlights from the March 2020 CAS Board of Directors Meeting
Originally scheduled as an in-person meeting, the CAS Board quickly pivoted in light of growing travel restrictions to gather virtually on March 17 and continue our work on the strategic priorities of the CAS. Before I summarize the highlights from our meeting, I wanted to acknowledge and compliment the nimbleness of the CAS staff, Board, … Read more